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cementing his position as successor to president hu jintao. he visited the u.s. in early 2012 to promote relations. his counterpart, vice president joe biden, was with him for much of the five-day visit. >> xi showed that on some issues the two governments will not necessarily see eye to eye. >> reporter: xi will likely be joined at the top by the man widely expected to become china's next premier. >> lee became a member of the politburo standing committee in 2007. he skipped the stage of politburo member during the communist party convention along with xi jinping. lee became vice premier in 2008. lee is 57 years old. he hails from a province and is currently in charge of domestic policy. >> li studied law at the prestigious beijing university, where he went on to get a ph.d. in economics. hiss classmate told us li also dedicated himself to studying english. he said the man who will become china's premier show nod sign he would become a politician. >> i think every single day he had a lot of tickets in his pocket. in one side, he write english, another side, chinese together. start out l
is going. but for now, that wraps up our coverage from beijing. i'm james tengan. >>> u.s. leaders have been tracking china's political transition. president barack obama's administration has watched the chinese economy and military grow and has promised to take a tough stance with china on trade and other economic matters. the obama administration has also closely monitored china's disputes with japan and southeast asian nations over the islands in the east and south china seas. senior officials have refused to take sides. the president announced a year ago he will shift his country's focus to the asia-pacific region. he will have a chance to talk more about that plan over the weekend. obama will begin a four-day tour of southeast asia on saturday. he will be visiting thailand and myanmar and will attend the east asia summit in cambodia. the president promised during his re-election campaign to put more pressure on china to make it meet basic international standards with respect to trade. but analysts say despite his plans the world's top economies are tightly woven together and that i
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